The Castle Rock Club, located in the centre of St Petersburg, claims to be the oldest rock shop in Russia and the largest in Europe offering more than 50,000 items of rock paraphernalia, clothes, shoes, t-shirts, souvenirs and gifts. It is the place to go for band merchandise, CDs, DVDs, concert tickets, or related accessories, and also for meetings with rock musicians and autograph sessions.
This 36-card pack is slightly larger than standard (10 x 7 cm) and is something of a mystery. Each card shows a photograph of presumably a Russian rock star, singer, group member, instrumentalist or others associated with the rock industry. Unfortunately, there is no indication of the date of publication nor the identity of the individuals concerned. See the box►
Member since July 27, 2022
I graduated in Russian and East European Studies from Birmingham University in 1969. It was as an undergraduate in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs of “unusual” playing cards which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest. I began researching and collecting cards in the early 1970s, since when I’ve acquired over 3,330 packs of non-standard cards, mainly from North America, UK and Western Europe, and of course from Russia and the former communist countries.
Following my retirement from the Bodleian Library in Dec. 2007 I took up a new role as Head of Library Development at the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) to support library development in low-income countries. This work necessitated regular training visits to many sub-Saharan African countries and also further afield, to Vietnam, Nepal and Bangladesh – all of which provided rich opportunities to further expand my playing card collection.
Since 2019 I’ve been working part-time in the Bodleian Library where I’ve been cataloguing the bequest of the late Donald Welsh, founder of the English Playing Card Society.
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
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‘Branle’ playing cards inspired by a 12th-century dance, produced by Noir Arts, USA, 2015.
Costumes from four operas premiered at the Paris Opera between 1830 and 1840.
Britney Spears Oracle: A Deck and Guidebook to Be Stronger Than Yesterday — a card set for Britney f...
Wagner’s “Ring” playing cards, with illustrations by Sir Arthur Rackham, published by Prospero Art, ...
Theatre of Pain / Teatr boli playing cards depicting politicians and leaders in the Caucasus territo...
Soviet and other Communist celebrities depicted on every card, designed by Vladislav Pankevitch.
Characters from five famous operas brought alive in artist Silvia Maddonni’s inimitable style.
Stars of Country Music playing cards with non-standard suit symbols, USA, 1995
54 black and white photographs of solo singers, duos and groups popular around 1990.
Russian criminal tattoos and playing cards, United Kingdom, 2018.
Guns N’ Roses Las Vegas 2012 promotion playing cards produced by Gemaco, USA.
Facsimile of cards attributed to Hans Schäufelein (c. 1480-1540) produced by ‘Calliope’, a New York ...
Pack of playing cards with pop stars offered free with the Smash Hits magazine.
‘World of the New Russians’ (Mir novykh russkikh) satirical playing cards, 2002.
Collective Arts pack designed by sixty-three collaborating artists, illustrators and designers, Russ...
Emergency response playing cards published by the Kombinat Tsvetnoi Pechati (Colour Printing Combine...
Castle Rock Club playing cards featuring Russian rock stars and musicians, c. 2000.
‘Treasures of the Hermitage Museum’ souvenir playing cards (‘Shedevry Ermitazha’), Russia.
A pack of playing cards about the Russian Revolution, USA, c. 2021.
An in-depth review of the history of card-playing, gambling, legislation, manufacture and taxation o...
The Russian Playing Card Monopoly was established in March 1798 with all revenue going to support th...
Hip Hop Tarot designed by Ben Gore and produced by Blue Monday Press brings a rap twist to a deck of...
Satirical Anti-Fascist cards designed in 1943 by Ivan Ivanovich Kharkevich.
Playing cards were known in Muscovy as early as the last quarter of the sixteenth century.